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"Cyrano de Bergerac" (1899)
Music by Victor Herbert (1859 - 1924)
Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
ACT I - Salon in the Hotel de Bourgogne.
- No. 1 - Opening Chorus
- "The clock is on the stroke of eight, the hall is gay and bright, and with impatience we await a novelty tonight..."
- No. 2a - Chorus of Cavaliers
- "Come the gallants of the court, the valiant carpet Knights; play and sport of ev'ry sort each cavalier invites..."
- No. 2b - Song - Roxane and Male Chorus
- "I am a court coquette, they say, eh bien! it is admitted, you've tried to win me ev'ry way, and all have been outwitted."
- No. 3 - Song - Cyrano and Chorus
- "I come, I come from Gascony, that home of poor relations; I'm rustic bred as you may see; my folk of humble stations."
- No. 4 - Duet - Cyrano and Roxane
- "The man to whom I give my heart must have a wondrous brain, must know each science and each art..."
- No. 5 - Combat Chorus and Solo - Christian
- "What's that? what can it be? 'Tis the ring of swords." & "Ye gallants of our sunny land who woo with hearts aflame..."
- No. 6 - Trio - Roxane, Cyrano and Christian
- "The little song he sent to me, I'll sing it, then perchance I'll see if my unknown ideal is he; Yes, I will see..."
- No. 7 - Finale Act I
- "With measured tread and haughty head we come, the Cardinal's guard; for he insists that duellists shall meet a fate that's hard..."
ACT II - Ragueneau's Cook Shop.
- No. 8 - Opening Chorus, and Song - Lise
- "In Ragueneau's café there is a welcome hearty, and here on ev'ry day you'll find a hungry party..."
- No. 9 - Chorus of Poets, with Ragueneau, 1st. Poet and Lise
- "Comrades of Apollo you behold in us; rough the road we follow, fate of genius..."
- No. 10 - Song - Cyrano and Chorus
- "What makes a man a soldier or a poet? What makes a man succeed at any game? I fancy ev'rybody doesn't know it..."
- No. 11 - Captain Castel-Jaloux and Male Chorus
- "Captain am I of a gallant band, the bold cadets of Gascony. Sword in hand 'gainst the world we stand..."
- No. 12 - Waltz Song - Roxane
- "I wonder, I wonder if love is grief or joy. I wonder if to love or not is best. With smiling be guiling, a mischief making boy..."
- No. 13 - Finale Act II
- "Oh, hark the call, our country is in need. The foe awaits e'en at our gates, we must the summons heed."
ACT III - The French Camp.
- No. 14 - Entr'acte, and Unaccompanied Male Chorus
- "In bivouac reposing, warriors sleep, in lightest of dozing or in slumber deep..."
- No. 15 - Song - Cyrano and Chorus
- "If a person asks me questions on affairs of no account, I'll give him ready answers in a fabulous amount..."
- No. 16 - Song - Roxane and Chorus
- "Over the mountain road so steep, we started at early dawn; o'er the cliffs so high, in the gorges deep, we rushed..."
- No. 17 - Serenade - Captain Castel-Jaloux and Chorus
- "Here's a song for you, beauty's own paragon, for we hear you're surpassingly fair..."
- No. 18 - Trio - Cyrano, Christian and Roxane
- "Let the sun of thine eyes melt the ice of my heart, which may melt into rivers of melody sweet..."
- No. 19 - Finale Act III
- "It's the influence of an ambitious nose; it is that which always leads on to great and noble deeds..."
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